Dyeing Fabric

So.. I went to Joann's today to get some elastic for some skirts I am planning on making. I was disappointed at the selection. All they have is black and white. I asked the woman at the cutting table if there are any different colors, she said no, but I could dye the elastic. WOW! she showed me where the fabric dye was and I almost went into a panic attack with all the choices. LOL. My mind was spinning with possibility's.

I got this Dye:


If I remember correctly, it was about $2.68. (The whole box dyes up to 3 lbs of fabric, I am not sure how many yards that is. But I only used about 1/4 of the package and put the rest away for future use)

If you read the instructions on the inside of the package, you can either dye the fabric by boiling, using the washing machine or in a sink or bucket. I just used a big bowl.

Ok, Here is what I started with:

I have two elastic pieces and a piece of cotton knit which I will use to make some pants for Nicholas.


First I got a bowl full of hot water. Enough to cover all my fabric.

Then I added about 1/4 of the dye package and stirred it up:

Then I put all my fabric/elastic pieces in there and kept stirring for about 10 minutes until I got the color I wanted. (The package says that you can keep the fabric in there for 10-30 minutes:


Then I rinsed out the fabric/elastic until the water ran clear:


And here are the dyed items:


Next the directions say to wash the fabric and dry before use.


Look how pretty the yellow elastic looks with that blue stripped fabric :)



Crafty Tuesday

First of all, I got to say that the time really flies with me as a stay at home mom. It used to be that the work week dragged on, but nope, not anymore. Now that I have developed a schedule with the 2 kidos and got my new toy (sewing machine) The time just flies by.

We went to story time today at the local library again. I just wanted to start snapping pictures of Emily there, She is so adorable, siting and listing intently to the stories. But I am sure the other moms will think I am weird. This was her second time, so she was a little bit more confident now. I think this is great, since I am not putting her into pre-school, this way she will interact with some kids her age.

Now onto a different subject, I try to take at least one or two pictures of the kids everyday, Here are a few of Nicholas before his bath time.



Nicholas playing peekaboo in his crib:

Here he is again. He is such a drooler now
The front of his onesie is always wet now, and I personally do not like bibs. I think they are just to bulky and ruin the whole outfit. (listen to me, I am sure Nicholas doesn't care if his bib doesn't match his onesie, but I do) Anyways, I discovered these drool catchers when they were on sale on TOTSY. http://www.shop.perbambiniusa.com/ I got 4 of them for $20.00. I think it is a pretty good deal since each is usually $10.00. Here is Nicholas sporting his drool catcher.
Isn't he just Cute?

I am sure it is super easy to make some, just need some soft fabric and velcro. I may do just that.

OK, now my crafty updates. I wanted to sew something but didn't have the car yesterday to buy some fabric. I pulled out this old stained sheet (I accidentally stained it by putting Mrs Stewarts bluing right on top of it in the washer. I haven't been able to get it out) and I had a little pillow. So I decided to try and make a pillow case I have seen a tutorial on. Here is the tutorial: http://burlapandblue.com/2011/03/14/shabby-flower-pillow-a-tutorial/


Out of that whole big heap of mess above, I created a pretty pillow:



Not bad, eh? Its just a simple pocket back. No zipper. Well next I want to make a ruffle pillow. Will have to find a tutorial on how to make ruffles.

OK, Next I wanted to share a little tiny project I did. I went to Goodwill on Sunday ( I am looking for a mirror) Didn't find much, but I found this tray for only $2.99:

Eww.. What a ugly tray, you probably think. But wait. You can transform anything (well almost anything) with a little bit of paint. I stopped by Walmart and grabbed some light blue spray paint.

My inspiration was this pretty blue:

And Here is the tray after:



A little bit of paint goes a long way
I also hot glued some ribbon and plastic rhinestones I had. I think it turned out great.


Happy mothering and happy crafting to you all :)


Busy Wednesday


First of all, let me tell you all that I finally got a sewing machine! ( I had one, but it broke like a year ago, and the price to fix it was more then the machine was worth)
So I did some research on a top rated affordable sewing machine and went with the Singer Esteem II (only $137 at target) I bought it last night and couldn't wait to start working on some projects!!

Here she is:
Let me tell you right away that I am in NO way a seamstress. I can only sew simple things like curtain panels and pillow cases (but I believe that practice makes perfect... SO one day I want to be making my own clothes ) So my first simple project was a gift for my mom, her birthday is in a week. I decided to make her an apron and a matching tea towel.
I bought the awesome fabric at IKEA. (I was there buying the little man a high chair) here he is in the in his brand new high chair. I love this high chair because it is not bulky and have been wanting to get it since Emily was a baby. It is super light ( I can easily carry it up and down the stairs with the baby in it. Off course it is not recommended you do that. LOL) The best part is that it was only $25 for the high chair and tray! Here is a linkhttp://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/30069724


OK, enough about the high chair. back to mom's bday gift. Here is the apron I made her:




I used yellow crossgrain ribbon for the ties. (I wanted to use the farbic, but it was to stiff and didn't look to nice) I also made a felt flower pin (so she can take the pin off and put it back on if she wants)

Here is a close up of the tea towel. I should have opened it up for you all to see it in full, but oh well. I was rummaging through the IKEA clearance fabric bins and found a large pillow case which was only $2. So I decided to use it for the tea towel. I just cut the pillow case open and sewed up all the edges and added the fabric and ribbon to match:
Here it is all ready to be wrapped with a pretty card I made:



I only got one yard of fabric, but I had enough left over to make a apron for myself to!


And offcourse my felt flower pin:
Ok, enough about sewing. (Sorry Ms Singer, I will get back to you)

Yesterday I took the kids to story time at the local library. Emily really like it, She kept asking to go back there today. Anyways.. They read a couple books, sang some songs and had a puppet show. So Emily came and asked me to make her a sock puppet. I was shocked.. Really?? You want me to make you a puppet out of a sock? Heck, why not? So I pulled out the mismatched socks and made her a sock puppet complete with buttons for eyes and nose ( well to be exact it is a bunny with floppy little ears) She was thrilled. This just reminds me how simple children are, They don't need  expensive toys. They just want something simple. I wish everything in life was just as simple.

Anyways, enough for now. Will go and try to get the little man to go to sleep. Signing out.....


Strawberry N Cream Roll Cake


I saw these beautiful strawberries at Costco this week, I decided to grab them and make my all time favorite summer dessert. (although its far from summer) This is very easy!!!

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup fresh chopped strawberries (a couple more for decorating)
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoon of strawberry flavored gelatin
  • 2 tablespoon white sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare a jelly roll pan (I just used my inch deep cookie sheet). Line with foil and generously oil it.
  2. Beat the eggs until thick and lemon colored. Gradually add 1 cup white sugar, beating constantly. Stir in water and vanilla extract. Fold in sifted flour, baking powder, and salt. Pour batter into pan.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes. It should be springy to the touch, and beginning to shrink away from the sides of the pan.
  4. Lay out a tea towel, and sprinkle it with confectioners' sugar. Turn the jelly roll out on the towel. Take off the foil. Roll the cake up in the towel, and leave it to completely cool.
  5. Whip the cream. Add gelatin and sugar. Unroll the cake. Spread with the strawberry cream and sprinkle with strawberries, and roll up again. Trim both of the sides. Spread the rest of the whipped cream on top either with a spatula or using a pastry bag.
  6. Chill before serving

ENJOY !!!

Nicholas is 3 months old!


Guess who is 3 months old now? You are right, its Nicholas. Such a precious baby, he is growing so fast, I don't know where the time goes.

He now is cooing and gooing more then ever, and he has such a cute laugh (he laughs when I tickle him LOL). He is now rolling over on his right side, then he starts crying because he can't roll back. He still will not take a pacifier, but instead will suck on his blankie or fingers if he can get them in his mouth.

He is drooling alot now, I don't remember when Emily started teething, but I think this is early. He keeps biting on things, either my shoulder or my finger if i give it to him.

He is still sleeping most of the morning/afternoon which gives me time to cook/clean. This is particularly nice when we take him to church on Saturdays, He usually sleeps through the whole service.

We went out to a restaurant with him and Emily for the first time, He did very well. He sat in his carseat and when he got tired we held him. He didn't even cry once. I have to say, he is a complete opposite then Emily was as a baby.

Cloth Diapering is going great, I love it. We use them everywhere, at church, home, out in the store, restaurant. My favorites now are the Bum Genius 3.0 with the velcro. I don't know why, but I am not liking the Fuzzi Bunz as much anymore.
Since he is only using around 6 diapers a day, I started washing them every other day since I have enough to go 2 days now. I haven't had to buy a single pack of diapers or wipes! talk about saving money. I have met alot of skeptical people about cloth diapers, just as I was when I fist heard about it, But I watched some you tube videos about cloth diapering, and did research on the best diaper. I am so glad I did it now. I can use these diapers for our children to come and never have to buy diapers again. If you are skeptical, go and watch some videos and do some research. This is the cloth diaper channel on You Tube, cloth diapering moms joined together to do reviews on diapers and information videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/ClothDiaperChannel#p/u

Anyways, back to the subject of my little bugger. He is growing big and strong. His next checkup will be when he is 4 months old. So I will post another update then.










Chewy Oatmeal Cookies


Finally! After many different oatmeal cookie recipes, I have hit upon one I really love!

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the eggs, raisins, and vanilla. Cover and chill for 1 hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  3. In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, salt, cinnamon and baking soda; add to the creamed mixture and stir until all of the dry ingredients are absorbed. Next, stir in the egg and raisin mixture, then stir in the rolled oats and pecans. Dough will be stiff. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto an unprepared cookie sheet.
  4. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, until the edges are golden. Allow cookies to cool 5 minutes on the baking sheet before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Ultra Chocolate Cake


Its doesn't get any more chocoholic then this, chocolate cake with chocolate/walnut filling and chocolate whipped cream frosting drizzled with melted chocolate.

Cake:

  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package devil's food cake mix
  • 1 (5.9 ounce) package instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

  • Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. prepare a cake pan (oil and dust with flour)

  • In a large bowl, mix together the cake and pudding mixes, sour cream, oil, beaten eggs and water. Stir in the chocolate chips and pour batter into the pan.

  • Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, or untill a wooden toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool cake thoroughly in pan at least an hour and a half before inverting onto a plate


CHOCOLATE filling:

1 stick unsalted butter

2/3 cup Hersheys cocoa

3 cups powdered sugar

1/3 cup milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

Melt butter in microwave, stir in cocoa, alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating on med speed. Stir in vanilla extract. refrigerate until ready to use.


Chocolate whipped cream frosting:

8 oz heavy cream

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup of baking cocoa

2 Tb Sugar

Beat cream until peaks form, add vanilla, sugar and cocoa. Refrigerate until ready to frost the cake


Assemble the cake with the frosting and filling. I also sprinkle walnuts between each layer of cake. I also drizzle with some melted chocolate on top of the cake, but this is optional. Refrigerate until ready to serve.